TRUE ROMANCE

1993 *****
Original Theatrical Cut runs 119 mins.
Director's Cut runs 121 mins.

How could I possibly begin describing my favorite motion picture of all time?

First of all, let me recap the story. Christian Slater plays Clarence Worley. On his birthday, he meets Alabama Whitman, played by Patricia Arquette, a call girl who was sent by Clarence's boss. They get married and find themselves in possession of $500,000 worth of some illegal substances. From that point, they decide to go to Los Angeles in hopes of selling the substances and begin their new lives. However, they did not plan on having the cops and the gangsters hot on their trail.

Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for this wonderful film, and Tony Scott did a fabulous job in directing it. No matter how many times I watch this film, the ending still has me on the edge of my seat. One, literally, feels every emotion possible in the ending of the film. It'll make you laugh, cry, be happy, and just about any other emotion you could think of. As is the case with the whole film itself. If you are a person who likes touching dramas and romantic tales, this is the film for you. If you are a person who likes comedy, albeit of the dark variety, this is the film for you. If you are a person who likes down and dirty action sequences with blood flying, drugs, sex, bad language, and such the like, this is the film for you. In short, no matter who you are, it is guaranteed that there is something in this film that will appeal to your senses. Maybe even the music will grab you. The use of "Chantilly Lace" by The Big Bopper is an exceptional point of the film.

As for the differences between the original film and the director's cut, don't worry about them. There really isn't all that much to make a fuss about. The Director's Cut is the only version available, now. The Director's Cut, due to one minute difference in the climax of the film, is better, actually. It's such a small difference, though, that if you sneeze, you'll miss it, but it is a very important difference.

I first saw this film on May 17, 1999. I first saw the Unrated Director's Cut in full screen on VHS. On July 02, 2006, at just a little after midnight, I finally saw the original theatrical version of this film at a movie theatre. I couldn't possibly explain all of the thoughts and emotions that ran through me as I saw the greatest film of all time the way it was meant to be seen. I did notice quite a few more differences between the two versions--differences that only I would notice. Like in the scene where Elliot is getting "bugged", he goes "Ooh" once in the theatrical and twice in the director's cut. Yeah, I'm a dork. Oh, well.

So, I hereby present to you: True Romance - the greatest motion picture ever made.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)
The original film is Rated R for strong violence and language and for sexuality and drug use.
Director's Cut Not Rated.

Starring:
Christian Slater + Patricia Arquette + Dennis Hopper + Val Kilmer + Gary Oldman + Brad Pitt + Christopher Walken + Bronson Pinchot + Samuel L. Jackson + Michael Rapaport + Tom Sizemore + Chris Penn + Saul Rubinek + James Gandolfini + Paul Ben-Victor + Maria Pitillo + Conchata Ferrell + Victor Argo + Paul Bates + Anna Thomson + Kevin Corrigan + Joe D'Angerio

Written by
Quentin Tarantino

Directed by
Tony Scott


Kenneth Starcher's YouTube review of TRUE ROMANCE
TRUE ROMANCE on IMDb.com

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